Documentary: Gay Elders On A Quest To Age With Dignity – “Before You Know It”

Make sure you check out award-winning documentary, Before You Know It.

The doc,  an Official Selection at major film festivals last year ( Edinburgh International Film Festival, Outfest Los Angeles, San Francisco International Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival) follows gay elders on a quest to age with dignity.

Via press release:

With humor and candor, BEFORE YOU KNOW IT celebrates the bold and brave lives of active gay senior citizens who have witnessed unbelievable change in their lifetimes: from the Stonewall Riots and gay liberation to the HIV/AIDS pandemic and gay marriage rights.

Born before the modern gay rights movement, Dennis, Ty and Robert have become pioneers in an unprecedented “out” generation of elders. They are also among the estimated 2.4 million LGBT Americans over the age of 55. While some gay Americans adhered to the cultural norms of earlier times, others became activists and made it their mission to live out, loud and proud. Each has faced discrimination, neglect and exclusion.

“This powerful documentary frankly acknowledges the inevitability of growing old while encouraging viewers to do the same.” – The Advocate

BEFORE YOU KNOW IT will have its national television broadcast premiere on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at 8 p.m. on WORLD Channel as part of the third season of the AMERICA REFRAMED series. (Check local listings.)

Audiences across the nation can also view the film FREE starting July 1, 2015 on WorldChannel.org.

Documentary: BatKid Begins

I remember the day this happened. It was AMAZING. It was like the entire city of San Francisco turned into a Batman movie for this one brave young man.

In theaters June 26th.

From the film description:

It’s November 15, 2013.Twenty-five thousand people descend on San Francisco. Online, two billion others join in.

This massive crowd erupts with a collective display of public emotion rarely seen.

With a Beatlemania-like intensity, people take to the streets and screens.

They are all united to fulfill the wish of 5-year-old Miles Scott, who is recovering from Leukemia. It is his dream to become Batkid and save Gotham City.

BatKid Begins chronicles the making of the overnight international phenomenon that is BatKid.

Trailer: Matt Shepard Is A Friend Of Mine

The award-winning documentary Matt Shepard Is A Friend Of Mine opens today in New York City, Houston, and Portland, Oregon, with more cities added (Los Angeles and Chicago) beginning next week.

Matt Shepard Is A Friend Of Mine explores the life and tragic death of Matthew Shepard, the gay student brutally murdered in Laramie, Wyoming in one of the most notorious hate crimes in U.S. history.

From the official website:

Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine follows director Michele Josue, a close friend of Matt’s, as she travels to pivotal locations in Shepard’s life, interviewing other friends and family members, and gaining insight into the beautiful life and devastating loss of Matthew Shepard.

While we’ve come a long way in the last fifteen years, LGBT inequality and hate crimes are still very real today, and parts of Matt’s story are unfortunately still very much a part of young people’s realities. Though framed through a very personal lens, Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine tells a universal story that highlights the responsibility we have now to make sure young people around the world are not at risk of falling victim to the same story ending Matt was.

You can find a list of screenings across the US and Canada here.

Watch the trailer below.


Documentary: “Lennon Or McCartney”

From the filmmaker: 550 Artists were interviewed over the last ten years. At some point during those interviews, they were asked a question and told to answer with one word only. Some stuck to one, some said more, some answered quickly, some thought it through, and some didn’t answer at all.

I’ll throw out my vote – McCartney, although Lennon’s work definitely pulls at my heart.

Cool idea for a short film. Interesting to see who chooses who.

And btw – the filmmaker gives the final tally of votes at the end of the film.

(h/t JMG)

Documentary: “I Am Santa Claus”

Documentary film following the lives of 5 professional Santa Clauses, exploring what life throughout the year is really like for these men.

From the filmmakers:

In the process, they are shown for who they actually are, flawed, flesh and blood men who feel an overbearing responsibility to protect the integrity of the spotless, untarnished reputation of the ‘Red Suit.’

‘I Am Santa Claus’ is a documentary that poses a question about a ubiquitous holiday figure that few parents ever ask themselves; ‘Whose lap is my child sitting on?’

Documentary: “Bad Ass Gays”

Taking a hard punch in the ring, careening 180 mph around a race track or leading a combat mission, it’s a brave new world for gay men openly pursuing their professional passions, defying stereotypes, discrimination and setting the stage for a new generation.

“Bad Ass Gays” is a documentary that tells the personal stories of gay men in “manly” professions, going on the job with them, revealing their motives, passions, joys, challenges and struggles to succeed. The film is a co-production between Rogue Culture and Logo TV.

Premieres in the fall of 2014.

(h/t JMG)

Documentary: “To Be Takei”

Star Trek alum and pop culture phenom George Takei is the subject of “To Be Takei” – a new documentary that covers his days on the hit sci-fi show as well as the time his family spent in an internment camp for Japanese-Americans during WWII, and his emergence as a pop culture icon.

Now in limited movie theaters as well as VOD and on  iTunes.

Video: Don’t Look Down On Me

This short video has already garnered over 800,000 views, with coverage on Inside Edition, BBC Trending, Yahoo, Huffington Post, The Gloss, Laughing Squid and many others.

The short film chronicles a day in the life of Jonathan, living in New York City, who was born with Achondroplasia, the most common type of dwarfism. Jon uses footage from a hidden camera disguised as a button on his shirt to show what he has to deal with: mistaken identity, harassment, condescension, and bigotry.

Novick’s final question to the viewer is potent:

“The next time you see someone who is different than you, think about what their day might be like. Think about all the events of their life leading up to that point…and think about what part of their day do you want to be?”

The film was produced by DCTV’s program Media Enabled Musketeers. Media Enabled Musketeers is a media program for American and Russian citizens who have disabilities and for filmmakers who are interested in disability issues.

(via press release)